Home beer brewing recs
Does anyone have any suggestions for good guides to home brewing? It seems like there are a zillion websites and books out there. I am a novice and just want a good, basic guide. Thanks!
I've brewed with Miller's "Brewing the World's Great Beers" for more than a decade before moving on. Miller has a detail-oriented step by step approach that I happen to like. Some prefer the more laid-back Papazian approach. Miller leads you from extract brewing to all grain, easing you along with intermediate brewing techniques. Similary you begin with brewing that relies on minimal special equiptment. As you grow in your brewing technique, so grows your equiptment. If you like the geekier approach, the next book you need is "Designing Great Beers" which takes obessiveness to a new level. Good luck.
I agree with the howtobrew.com website too.
I started with New Complete Joy of Homebrewing by Papazian and now own quite a few books on the subject. I recently re-read parts of Joy and I was surprised by how much I liked the writing. Papazian's mantra of "Relax. Don't worry. Have a homebrew." is sage advice.
I also really like Radical Brewing by Randy Mosher. It approaches the topic from an artistic perspective. Many homebrewers like the techy details, not me. Otherwise I rec Palmer's book.
If you're just starting out, join a homebrewing club and attend a meeting you'll have fun and taste a lot of homebrew gaining perspective.